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Cats end Lions home GF dream

Geelong will play in it's first AFL Grand Final since 2011, defeating Brisbane by 40 points at the Gabba on Saturday night.

The Cats were in control for the most part but blew the margin out late in the piece, booking a date with Richmond in the 2020 decider next weekend with their 11.16 (82) to 6.6 (42) triumph.

With Richmond winning their preliminary final match on Port Adelaide's home turf on Friday night the pressure was on the Cats to do likewise against a Lions side that had not lost a match at their home venue all season.

Charlie Cameron opened the scoring for Brisbane with the game's opening major, but the Cats settled the better to have the next seven scoring shots, for a return of two goals five.

Brendan Parfitt and Tom Hawkins were the two to hit the scoreboard in a meaningful way for Chris Scott's men, while Cameron was causing headaches for Jake Kolodjashnij as he kicked his second goal after running down defender Jack Henry.

Hawkins and Gary Rohan got the Cats off to a great start in the second term with their midfield dominating clearances, before Brisbane's midfield lifted thanks to Brownlow Medal favourite Lachie Neale, closing to within five points at the half.

Faced with the prospect of the final match of his career it was Gary Ablett who sparked the Cats in to a winning position in the third term, kicking successive goals for his side to give the team momentum and silence the home faithful.

There was to be no comeback in the last term for the Lions who were comprehensively beaten in all aspects of the game, Rohan finishing with three majors including one after the final siren as Geelong broke their preliminary final hoodoo, having lost their previous four.

Mitch Duncan continued his brilliant finals series with 22 disposals for the winners, Sam Menegola with 19 touches and defender Tom Stewart the same number as part of a miserly Cats defence.

Neale toiled hard to have 24 disposals and kick 2 goals but it wasn't enough for Chris Fagan's side, who let slip the opportunity to play a Grand Final on their home ground in an opportunity that is unlikely to present itself again.

The 2020 Grand Final will be between Richmond and Geelong next Saturday night, bouncedown at 6:30 PM QLD time (4:30 PM WST).

IMAGE: Nine Wide World Of Sports.


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